Ryan Roberts, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Old Testament

Faculty Positions:

Traditional Undergrad Academics - Bible, Religion & Ministry

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Bio

Articles and Book Chapters

"8th Century Levantine Earthquakes and Natural Disasters." Behind the Scenes of the Old Testament. Eds. Jonathan Greer, John Hilber, and John Walton. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2018.

"Imitation as Necessity: Isaiah in Light of Amos's Prophetic Tradition." Pages 551-570 in Reading the Bible in Ancient Traditions and Modern Editions: Studies in Memory of Peter W. Flint. Edited by Andrew B. Perrin, and Kyung S. Baek, and Daniel K. Falk. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2017.

"znhswtr, shlk," in Theologisches Wörterbuch zu den Qumrantexten Band 3. Edited by Heinz-Josef Fabry and Ulrich Dahmen. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 2016.

"Adam, Decalogue, Joel, Micah, Nahum, Nehemiah, Simeon," in The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions. Edited by Eric Orlin. New York: Routledge, 2016.

"Is Anyone Home? Amos 6:8-11 in light of Post-Disaster Housing," Pages 186-200 in Methods, Theories, Imagination: Social Scientific Approaches in Biblical Studies. Edited by David J. Chalcraft, Frauke Uhlenbruch, and Rebecca S. Watson. The Bible in the Modern World 60. Sheffield: Phoenix Press, 2014.

"Shalman, Shammah, Syene" in The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible S-Z. Volume 5. Edited by Katherine Doob Sakenfeld. Nashville: Abingon Press, 2009.

Books

The Book of Psalms: Composition and Reception. Edited by Patrick Miller and Peter W. Flint with the assistance of Aaron Brunell and Ryan Roberts. Supplements to Vetus Testamentum 99. Leiden: Brill, 2005.

Book Reviews

Jacobs, Mignon R. The Books of Haggai and Malachi. The New International Commentary on the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017. (in press, Bulletin for Biblical Research)

Beldman, David J. H. The Completion of Judges: Strategies of Ending in Judges 17–21. Siphrut 21. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2017. Bulletin for Biblical Research 28/2 (2018): 291–293.

Mark S. Smith. Where the Gods Are: Spatial Dimensions of Anthropomorphism in the Biblical World. The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library; New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016. Bulletin for Biblical Research 28/1 (2018): 87–90.

Saul M. Olyan, ed. Ritual Violence in the Hebrew Bible: New Perspectives. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. Bulletin for Biblical Research 28/1 (2018): 95–97.

Dubovský, Peter, Dominik Markl, and Jean-Pierre Sonnet, eds. The Fall of Jerusalem and the Rise of the Torah. Forschungen zum Alten Testament 107. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2016. Bulletin for Biblical Research 27/4 (2017): 554–556.

Benjamin D. Giffone. 'Sit at my Right Hand': The Chronicler’s Portrait of the Tribe of Benjamin in the Social Context of Yehud. LHBOTS 628. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016. Bulletin for Biblical Research 27/3 (2017): 395–397.

Christopher R. Seitz. Joel. The International Theological Commentary. New York: Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2016. Bulletin for Biblical Research 27/1 (2017): 109–110.

Ariel Feldman. The Dead Sea Scrolls Rewriting Samuel and Kings: Texts and Commentary. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 469. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015. Bulletin for Biblical Research 26/3 (2016): 399–401.

Delbert R. Hillers. Poets Before Homer: Collected Essays on Ancient Literature. Edited by F. W. Dobbs-Allsopp. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2015. Bulletin for Biblical Research 25/4 (2015): 547–549.

Jack Sasson. Judges 1-12. Yale Anchor Bible. Yale: Yale University Press, 2014. Journal of Hebrew Scriptures. Online: http://prophetess.lstc.edu/~rklein/Doc16/judges112.htm

Edwin M. Yamauchi and Marvin R. Wilson, eds. Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-Biblical Antiquity: Volume I A–Da. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2014. Bulletin for Biblical Research 25/3 (2015): 384–386.

Jonathan Stökl and Corrine L. Carvalho, eds. Prophets Male and Female: Gender and Prophecy in the Hebrew Bible, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Ancient Near East. Ancient Israel and its Literature 15. Society of Biblical Literature: Atlanta, 2013. Review of Biblical Literature, August 2014. Online: http://bookreviews.org/pdf/9244_10199.pdf

Conference Papers and Presentations

  • "Paronomasia in Amos's Third Vision." Midwest Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, South Bend, Indiana, February 2017
  • "Storm Imagery and Environmental Descriptions of the Divine." National Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2015
  • "How to Write an Insult: Gideon and the Fate of Succoth (Judges 8:14)." Midwest Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Bourbonnais, Illinois, February 2015
  • "The Democratization of Prophet and Message in the Eighth Century BCE." Midwest Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Bourbonnais, Illinois, February 2014
  • "Records of Ruin in Middle Assyrian Building Inscriptions: Propaganda or Problems in the Textual and Archaeological Record?” Pacific Coast Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Santa Clara, California, March 2012
  • "Reevaluating Leonine Imagery in Amos 1:2 in Light of a Neo-Assyrian Parallel." Pacific Coast Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Santa Clara, California, March 2012
  • "Records of Ruin in Middle Assyrian Building Inscriptions: Propaganda or Problems in the Textual and Archaeological Record?" Pacific Coast Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Santa Clara, March 2012
  • "Reevaluating Leonine Imagery in Amos 1:2 in Light of a Neo–Assyrian Parallel." Pacific Coast Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Santa Clara, March 2012
  • "Connecting the Fractures of an Ancient, Levantine Earthquake." UCLA History + (Plus) Conference, Los Angeles, October 2011
  • "Reading and Aligning a Variant Text: 4QDeutk1." Pacific Coast Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Los Angeles, March 2011
  • "Advances and False Leads in Levantine Archaeoseismology." UCLA Archaeology Graduate Student Conference, February 2011
  • "Shaking Out the Past: Anthropological Approaches to Natural Disaster in the Eighth Century." Society of Biblical Literature National Meeting, Atlanta, November 2010
  • "Stretched to its Limits: Clarifying the Scope of Amos's Earthquake." Society of Biblical Literature National Meeting, Atlanta, November 2010
  • "A Confluence of Clues: Earthquake Imagery in Eighth Century Prophetic Texts." Pacific Coast Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Phoenix, March 2010
  • "Historical Ordering in the Deuteronomy Dead Sea Scrolls." Pacific Coast Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Phoenix, March 2010
  • "Repetition, Reduction, and Rereading in the Kirta Epic." Society of Biblical Literature National Meeting, New Orleans, November 2009
  • "The Kirta Epic and Reflections on Scribal Education at Ugarit." UCLA Colloquium, Nov 2009
  • "Copying for Clarity: 4QDeutk2 and its 'Variants.'" Pacific Coast Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Santa Clara, March 2009
  • "What Mean These Stones, A Reappraisal of Iron II Massebot." Pacific Coast of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Pasadena, March 2008

Campus Involvement

  • International Programs Committee
  • Old Testament Core Course Coordinator
  • Celebration of Student Scholarship Committee
  • Virtue and Vocation NetVUE Faculty Fellow

Education

  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., Trinity Western University
  • B.S., Clarks Summit University

Hobbies

—Supporting local agriculture
—Practicing treatment free beekeeping
—Visiting scores of national parks
—Spending time outdoors with family

Interests

—The Old Testament in its ancient Near Eastern context
—Archaeoseismology
—Disaster study in the prophetic corpus
—Textual transmission of the Hebrew Bible/Dead Sea Scrolls